Transit Shelter Advertising Program

Is your organization looking for a high-profile, yet inexpensive way, to promote itself, its services, or its events? The City of Vancouver, through the Transit Shelter Advertising Program, offers free access to transit shelter advertising space for non-profit arts and culture organizations. You pay for and arrange the posters and we provide a place for them to go. These spaces are in high demand, so apply now.

Eligible applicants

You can apply for this grant if your organization:

  • Is a Vancouver-based, non-profit, arts or culture or community service organization
  • Provides programming, activities or services that are:
    • Open to the public
    • Publicized city-wide
    • Held within the City of Vancouver itself (not in other Lower Mainland municipalities or the University Endowment Lands)

Eligible projects

We welcome projects that:

  • Provide program information
  • Raise awareness of a service being provided
  • Raise awareness of charitable activities

Ineligible projects

The program does not advertise:

  • Conferences, workshops, and other forms of training
  • Lotteries, contests and competitions
  • Events that are largely or exclusively fundraisers
  • Advocacy or religious messages
  • Politically related messages

Application deadlines

If your group is interested in requesting space, do so at least four months in advance. Requests that come after the deadline will not be considered.

For campaigns starting in Apply by Expect confirmation in
January 2017 October 21, 2016 October 2016
February 2017 November 18, 2016 December 2016
March 2017 December 23, 2016 January 2017
April 2017 January 20, 2017 February 3, 2017
May 2017 February 17, 2017 March 3, 2017
June 2017 March 24, 2017 April 7, 2017
July 2017 April 21, 2017 May 2017
August 2017 May 19, 2017 June 2, 2017
September 2017 June 23, 2017 July 7, 2017
October 2017 July 21, 2017 August 4, 2017
November 2017 August 18, 2017 September 1, 2017
December 2017 September 22, 2017 October 6, 2017
January 2018 October 21, 2017 November 3, 2017
February 2018 November 17, 2017 December 1, 2017
March 2018 December 22, 2017 January 12, 2018

Transit Shelter Advertising Program documentation

Information guide

Information guide  (151 KB)

  • The guide covers:
    • Program description and priorities
    • Eligibility criteria
    • General information
    • How to apply
    • Notification process
    • Designing and producing the campaign posters
    • Required recognition
    • Production specifications and delivery

Printing guide

"Help! I need a printer": poster printing guide (72 KB)

  • The poster printing guide covers:
    • Local printing suppliers that meet specifications of transit shelter maintenance company
    • Production and finishing specifications
    • How many posters to print
    • Delivering the finished posters

Technical specifications

Technical and production specifications for transit shelters  (75 KB)

  • The specifications help if you choose OUTFRONT Media as your printer.

Poster templates

InDesign format (528 KB)

Illustrator format (888 KB)

Photoshop format (12 MB)

  • The barebones template is at 100% of the finished poster size and supplied by OUTFRONT Media.

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Contact Cultural Services about transit shelter and video screen advertising

Location and mailing address
Cultural Services
Woodward's Heritage Building
501 - 111 West Hastings St
Vancouver, BC V6B 1H4

Phone: 604-829-2007

Fax: 604-871-6005

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